Naomi Miller, Acting Director
Naomi joined the Bristol Ideas team as Deputy Director in November 2018 and became Acting Director in May 2022. Naomi oversees and manages our city projects, leads on all evaluation and reporting, represents the organisation at key city meetings and networks and plays key roles in fundraising and board governance . In 2021, Naomi worked closely with Natasha Carthew to produce the first Working Class Writers Festival. Prior to her role at Bristol Ideas, Naomi held fundraising and organisational development roles at Bristol Cathedral, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Naomi plays an active part in the cultural life of Bristol, co-chairing The Wardrobe Theatre, sitting on the board of Culture Destinations, and on the Chapter of Bristol Cathedral.
Julia Trow, Head of Finance
Julia joined Bristol Ideas in May 2019 and oversees all of our financial planning and management. She is a qualified accountant and recently completed an MA in Heritage & Interpretation. Julia currently volunteers for the Bristol Museums Development Trust.
Zoë Steadman-Milne, Creative Content Producer
Zoë joined Bristol Ideas in 2013. As Creative Content Producer she oversees the programming, logistics and event management of all Festival of Ideas events, content and projects, including the Festival of Economics, Young People’s Festival of Ideas and the Bristol City Poet – whether online, in person or in a hybrid setting. She nurtures relationships with new and existing producing partners. Prior to this role, Zoë produced the Bath Literature Festival from 2005-2013.
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Amy O’Beirne, Operations Manager
Amy joined Bristol Ideas in 2014. She produced the Bristol and Romanticism walking guide and contributed chapters to the companion book for the 2015 Festival of the Future City and the Bristol800 Book of Walks, and the walk in the Film 2021 book. She provides event support and has been responsible for the management of Festival of the Future City since 2017.
Andrew Kelly, Creative Programmer
Andrew was Director of Bristol Ideas from 1993 – 2022. His projects include At- Bristol (now We The Curious), Bristol Legible City, Brunel200, Bristol800 and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. In 2014 he directed Bristol’s programme marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, the largest UK programme of its kind outside London. He is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England and has published 15 books on issues ranging from film and cinema history to Brunel and engineering, the future of cities and 100 years of Bristol aerospace. In his new part time role, Andrew will be focused on researching and programming future projects, including Festival of the Future City 2023; a multi-partner project celebrating the legacy of Colin Ward; an international programme marking James Baldwin’s centenary and many others.
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